Hello Center of the Universe!

I just landed in the Center of the Universe and I have been charged with the best job ever! I am from Oklahoma with a MBA and I am ready to explore! I get to go around Fremont and Ballard and talk to all of the restaurants about their businesses and document it in this blog. As you know, Chompadoodle wants to gather nutritional information for our customers and we also want to facilitate a two-way conversation between the restaurant and the consumer while staying transparent. Community is one of the most important facets of our daily lives and we strive to make that tie even stronger. With all there is to eat in Fremont, you may never want to leave! Foodies unite!
Today I went to the Lenin statue in the heart of Fremont. It was originally made for communist Czechoslovakia and was placed in front of a hospital there only to be removed with the fall of communism during the Velvet Revolution. Many thought the statue was destroyed after its removal, but it was sold to Lewis E. Carpenter who bought it and brought it here in 1994 from Poprad, Czechoslovakia. The statue is an artistic piece and is decorated for special events around Fremont. Nestled behind the Lenin statue are two amazing eateries that have been here for ages.

Me in front of the Lenin Statue!

Me in front of the Lenin Statue!

Sinbad Express is some of the best Middle Eastern food in Seattle. They have a full course Mediterranean menu with loads of options. When you go in to order, there is a great smell in the air and the meat is cooked right before you as you wait. The meat sizzles and the smells of spices are released into the air. The wait is only mere minutes and the service is exceptional. I had the Chicken Shawarma sandwich. This was huge and it is easily shared. It comes with seasoned chicken cooked with tomatoes and onion. They put the most amazing spicy sauce on top. I can tell this is one item that I am going to have to come back for again and again, you know, like an addiction. To check out, they have this handy device that e-mails you a copy of your receipt and lets you add a tip with the push of a button- very savvy!
Next to Sinbad’s is Royal Grinders. Royal Grinders is owned by Jai Suh. Jai got into the restaurant business at a very young age and decided to buy Royal Grinders so that he could be his own boss. Royal Grinders used to be the 2nd oldest gelato shop in the area, so Jai decided to keep the gelato and add the grinders as another source of revenue. This was a great decision because his grinders get amazing reviews from the community. These are large subs toasted to crunchy perfection. The ingredients are fresh with the meat and cheese being sliced daily. All Jai can say about his Italian Grinder is, “get it in your mouth!” He is a great resource to talk to and he says that the latest trend in the restaurant business is to offer quality food fast. He says many people will pay a bit extra for better quality as long as they get it quickly.

Royal Grinders, feel free to eat outside!

Royal Grinders, feel free to eat outside!

I found myself pouring over the gelato case. It all looked so fresh and creamy. They have a wide variety of flavors, and they are home to the Lenny Scoop. Originally named the Lenin Scoop, too many of the customers confused it with the name Lemon Scoop, so the name changed to the Lenny Scoop. The Lenny Scoop is a cherry sized scoop of any flavor of gelato on top of your regular scoop at no additional cost. I had the mint gelato with a Lenny Scoop of pistachio and it was even better than I expected. The flavors are cool and refreshing and they come in the smallest dishes with even smaller spoons. A great amount of gelato comes for the price, and there is only 1 gram of fat and 78 calories per scoop! There are over 60 flavors served here, and with the Lenny Scoops, you can try a new flavor each time!

Get your Mini Lenny!

Get your Mini Lenny!

Mint gelato with a Lenny Scoop of Pistachio from Royal Grinders.

Mint gelato with a Lenny Scoop of Pistachio from Royal Grinders.

There is plenty of seating outside to enjoy the street ambiance of Fremont and the Lenin Statue, rain or shine. Bring your favorite pup down with you and enjoy mouthfuls of tasty delights. I had a great afternoon with my dog, Doug, and I look forward to more adventures! If you have visited these locations, please leave your positive comments below!

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